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What is the female population around the world? - Answers

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What is the female population around the world?

World map depicting global female population

Demographically, the ‘human sex’ ratio, or ‘gender’ ratio, is a term which refers to the population ratio of females to males. Higher female fetal mortality, rising fertility issues, and more women deciding not to procreate, are few reasons why female population is considered to differ from the male population. However, there are many ongoing debates that it might not be true, as in many countries, females outnumber males.

In countries where there are more women, income disparity is quite noticeable, which also affects the economy. Woman have been fighting for equal pay or equal rights for many years, yet in several nations women are not paid as much as the male employees.

The earnings of women also tend to decline with age, especially when they feel the need to create a balance between work and family life, thus spending lesser hours at work or leaving work entirely. The country where female population is highest is Curacao, with its percentage being 54.2% of total population. Many other nations including Latvia, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Croatia and Spain also have more women than men.

Many countries where the male population is higher than the female popular observe problems such as homicide and violence at higher levels.

Some of these nations have a gender Imbalance because of gender-selective abortions and/or mass migration. The immigration laws in countries like UAE and Qatar are strict for women and its tougher for them to apply for work visas. Qatar has the smallest female population, and the percentage is only 24.9. Many middle-eastern countries, like United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman also rank at the bottom.

Human sex ratio is also impacted with exposure to pesticides and environmental contaminants, wars, infanticides and aging.

Countries with increasing gender gaps need to pay attention to curbing the issue as it will have a major impact on the future of their nation.

Below is World Bank data, depicting female population percentage as per total population, for the year 2017.

Country 2017 (%age)
Curacao 54.2
Latvia 54.1
Hong Kong 54
Lithuania 53.9
Ukraine 53.8
Belarus 53.5
Russia 53.5
Estonia 53.1
Armenia 53
El Salvador 53
Portugal 52.7
Aruba 52.5
Hungary 52.4
Georgia 52.3
United States Virgin Islands 52.3
Barbados 52.1
Antigua and Barbuda 52
Macao 52
Moldova 52
Angola 52
Rwanda 52
Spain 52
Austria 52
Bahamas 52
St. Lucia 52
Puerto Rico 51.9
Sri Lanka 51.9
Croatia 51.8
Uruguay 51.7
Poland 51.7
Romania 51.6
Kazakhstan 51.6
Swaziland 51.6
Nepal 51.5
Namibia 51.4
Slovakia 51.4
Bulgaria 51.4
Lesotho 51.4
Italy 51.3
Zimbabwe 51.3
Myanmar 51.2
Mozambique 51.2
Japan 51.2
Cambodia 51.2
Thailand 51.2
Argentina 51.1
North Korea 51.1
Serbia 51.1
Brazil 50.9
Senegal 50.9
Bosnia and Herzegovina 50.9
South Africa 50.9
Germany 50.8
Turkmenistan 50.8
Greece 50.8
Guatemala 50.8
Burundi 50.8
Guinea-Bissau 50.8
Colombia 50.8
New Zealand 50.8
France 50.8
Czech Republic 50.8
United Kingdom 50.7
Montenegro 50.7
Central African Republic 50.7
Belgium 50.7
Kiribati 50.7
Nicaragua 50.7
Seychelles 50.7
Finland 50.7
Trinidad and Tobago 50.7
Turkey 50.7
Haiti 50.6
Botswana 50.6
Singapore 50.6
Tunisia 50.6
Switzerland 50.5
Malawi 50.5
Chile 50.5
Morocco 50.5
Sierra Leone 50.5
Gambia 50.5
United States of America 50.5
Vietnam 50.5
Mongolia 50.5
Mauritius 50.5
Tanzania 50.5
Zambia 50.4
Canada 50.4
Channel Islands 50.4
Ireland 50.4
Kyrgyzstan 50.4
Uganda 50.3
Venezuela 50.3
Denmark 50.3
Kenya 50.3
Israel 50.3
Slovenia 50.3
Uzbekistan 50.2
Togo 50.2
Cabo Verde 50.2
Ghana 50.2
Australia 50.2
Somalia 50.2
Azerbaijan 50.2
Sao Tome and Principe 50.2
Dominican Republic 50.2
Mexico 50.2
Belize 50.2
Jamaica 50.2
Netherlands 50.2
Peru 50.1
Ethiopia 50.1
Democratic Republic of the Congo 50.1
Laos 50.1
Benin 50.1
Burkina Faso 50.1
Madagascar 50.1
Honduras 50.1
Cameroon 50
Sweden 50
Mali 50
South Korea 50
Congo Republic 50
Cuba 50
Costa Rica 50
Macedonia 50
Ecuador 50
Sudan 50
Niger 49.9
Guinea 49.9
Panama 49.9
South Sudan 49.9
Bolivia 49.9
Cyprus 49.9
Chad 49.9
Tajikistan 49.8
Malta 49.8
Grenada 49.8
Suriname 49.8
Djibouti 49.8
Iceland 49.8
Tonga 49.8
Lebanon 49.8
Indonesia 49.7
Philippines 49.7
Iran 49.7
Luxembourg 49.7
Comoros 49.6
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 49.6
Bangladesh 49.6
Libya 49.6
Mauritania 49.6
New Caledonia 49.6
Syria 49.5
Yemen 49.5
Algeria 49.5
Guyana 49.5
Albania 49.5
Norway 49.5
Liberia 49.5
Jordan 49.4
Guam 49.4
Iraq 49.4
Vanuatu 49.4
Egypt 49.4
Paraguay 49.3
Palestinian 49.3
Nigeria 49.3
Cote d’Ivoire 49.3
Solomon Islands 49.2
Timor-Leste 49.2
Fiji 49.2
French Polynesia 49.1
Papua New Guinea 49.1
Federated States of Micronesia 48.7
Pakistan 48.6
Gabon 48.6
Afghanistan 48.5
China 48.5
Brunei Darussalam 48.5
Malaysia 48.4
Samoa 48.4
India 48.2
Bhutan 46.9
Equatorial Guinea 44.6
Maldives 43.1
Saudi Arabia 42.9
Kuwait 42.6
Bahrain 37.3
Oman 34.2
United Arab Emirates 27.6
Qatar 24.9

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